Definition of predilection in English:



  • A preference or special liking for something; a bias in favour of something.

    ‘your predilection for pretty girls’
    • ‘The Court's reasonings, such as they are, have become a study in personal opinions and predilections.’
    • ‘Studying biology may yet lead to greater tolerance for the vast repertory of human sexual foibles, preferences, and predilections.’
    • ‘It is essentially simple, but with enough internal twists and turns to accommodate most predilections and appetites.’
    • ‘Of course the court will approach those interests with a strong predilection in favour of the preservation of life, because of the sanctity of human life.’
    • ‘Fortunately, irrespective of my personal predilections, secularism in India is unlikely to flourish, at least in the near future.’
    • ‘I can't take any credit for it; it's just about helping people understand their own predilections.’
    • ‘All of her fictions are heavily influenced by scholarship and by the predilections of the cultivated English intellectual and academic class of which she is a part.’
    • ‘And, as it happens, my verdict on the material collected here is distinctly mixed; but I do not think it a verdict dictated solely by personal predilections.’
    • ‘She seemed completely up to the interview, however, so there was no reason not to ask at least one tough question, most obviously, about her political predilections.’
    • ‘His loyalty to the British Government at a time when the National movement was raging and his efforts to shore up a tottering feudal institution were not pure personal predilections or momentary aberrations.’
    • ‘She has clearly expressed that she has no interest in this, so I've kept my predilection to myself.’
    • ‘"When making up our mind about this we should come at it calmly and reasonably and set aside our personal grudges and predilections.’
    • ‘But when you get right down to it, there are personal predilections when it comes to the purchase of any product.’
    • ‘If they work as a team burying their individual predilections and preferences there is no reason why the team cannot get back its rhythm.’
    • ‘Certainly, the widespread predilection for the fancy and frivolous has its roots in decades of drab socialist conformity.’
    • ‘Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.’
    liking, fondness, preference, partiality, taste, penchant, weakness, soft spot, fancy, inclination, leaning, bias, propensity, bent, proclivity, proneness, predisposition, tendency, affinity, appetite, love
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Mid 18th century: from French prédilection, from Latin praedilect- ‘preferred’, from the verb praediligere, from prae ‘in advance’ + diligere ‘to select’.